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Geri Halliwell eats better after baking show

Recovering bulimic Geri Halliwell’s stint on U.K. baking show The Great British Bake Off helped her develop a healthy relationship with food.
The former Spice Girls star suffered with the eating disorder in her 20s and it got so bad she went to rehab.
Geri, who now goes by her married name Geri Horner, still had a difficult relationship with food even once she had beaten bulimia, but she signed up for a charity version of the U.K. baking competition, which aired in February (16), and she admits baking for the show was a huge achievement for her.
“Throughout my 20s, I had bulimia,” she tells Britain’s You magazine. “Even when I’d recovered from it, I had a distant relationship with food… I wanted to be a healthy example for my daughter, so I tried to have balance.
“But to bake properly and celebrate cake rather than run from it was such a landmark for me. The creativity of baking something is like writing a song; it’s a mood-changer.”
She admits she was worried about her inexperience when she agreed to take part in the show and thought she would “humiliate” herself on national television. She adds, “I felt inadequate. The last time I made pizza, I was 11.”
However, her dishes were a hit and she was crowned “Star Baker” of the competition. She says, “It (TV show) taught me that it’s good to say yes and leave your comfort zone.”
Geri previously told Piers Morgan on his Life Stories show in 2010 she will always be thankful British singer Robbie Williams encouraged her to go rehab.
“I was worried I’d get fat. I would binge and then felt fatter and would make myself sick,” she said. “It was awful. Robbie knew about my bulimia and he advised me to get help. He told me to go into rehab and that possibly saved my life. The bulimia would have got worse without it. I will always be grateful to him, always.”
Geri was once romantically linked to Robbie. She married Formula One team boss Christian Horner in May, 2015.

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